Pedri Wannenburg Cause of death
Former Springbok forward Pedrie Wannenburg has been killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Texas as a high-speed police chase ended in tragic circumstances.
As first reported by The South African website, a family member confirmed that Wannenburg died in the accident and that his family was with him at the time of the crash.
Pedrie Wannenburg’s wife Evette and their daughter Isabelle were reportedly unhurt.
According to local news station KHOU-11, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a deputy had attempted to pull over a ‘possibly’ 16-year-old suspect, only for the car to speed away and lead to a chase.
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The suspect eventually crashed into the back of Wannenburg’s car near an intersection.
Gonzalez further stated that Wannenburg – along with his son Francois – was flown to hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
Wannenburg had settled in the USA in 2016, when he became one of the first high-profile South Africans to play on the country’s professional circuit when he turned out for the Denver Stampede.
Prior to his move to the States, Wannenburg played over 100 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls and also enjoyed stints at Ulster in Ireland and French sides Castres and Oyonnax.
The Bulls took to social media to express their devastation at the news.
“We are devastated at the passing of Vodacom Bulls legend Pedrie Wannenburg.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Wannenburg family,” the Pretoria franchise posted on Facebook.